Amble prides itself on being the ‘friendliest port in England’, and its annual puffin festival, brightly coloured beach huts and the wooden retail pods of Amble Harbour Village are just a few of its quirks.
A walk through the clinking halyard of Amble’s award-winning marina will take you to the harbour’s wooden pods, which sell everything from cheese to charm bracelets, as well as its sea-front pathway where sweet treats and salty fish and chips are en-route. Boutique ice cream makers and Golden Fork winner for best speciality food, Spurelli sits on the waterfront, along with exquisite seafood restaurant The Old Boathouse. The Fish Shack is another of the harbour’s highlights, where you can savour fresh fish in a rustic wooden hut beneath a fish net and fairy light-strewn ceiling.
Watersports enthusiasts should head for the Coquet Shorebase Trust, which offers a cascade of aquatic fun, from sailing and kayaking to power boating and raft building. Clockwatching isn’t something we would usually recommend, but a time check with the Amble Sundial against the largest gnomon or indicator in Europe is not to be missed.
Adorably clumsy puffins, lolloping seals and an array of other seabirds dwell on Amble’s coastline and the Puffin Cruise that sails from Amble harbour is not to be missed. Hop on board to spot the 36,000-bird colony nesting on Coquet Island, an RSPB seabird sanctuary a mile off the coast.
Head into Amble’s town centre for a High Street crammed with cosy cafes, independent shops and traditional pubs perfect for tasting local tipples. The mouth-watering scent of the local butchers can be enjoyed as you wander along the highstreet, as well as the sweet smell of sticky pastries from the bakers.